Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, across all genres, became the album with the best selling first week this calendar year, with 604,000 units sold. This comes as really no surprise, seeing as he is currently one of the biggest superstars on the planet. I do have to say, however, I am very much looking forward to the day where an artist not named Drake or Kanye West is able to put up numbers like that for first week sales.
As the country acknowledged a very somber anniversary this past weekend with the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there was also the realization that it was twenty years since a large and notable crop of records were released. Until July 10, 2015, albums in the United States had been traditionally released on Tuesdays rather than the way the entire world operates today with Friday releases. Tuesday, September 11th was seen as a super Tuesday of sorts as huge names like Bob Dylan, Mariah Carey, Nickelback, and They Might Be Giants, among others put out new releases. The biggest release of all would have to be Jay-Z and his release of The Blueprint, which was eventually selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its significance.
This past week also represented another sad anniversary, this one more exclusively regarding hip-hop and music fans alike. Mac Miller, my favorite artist of all time, passed away three years ago on September 7, 2018, leaving behind many questions about his music and what-ifs about his career. Just over a month prior he had released his final album in his lifetime, Swimming, an absolute masterpiece in many’s eyes which seemed to place Mac in a very good mindset, as he had seemed to clean up his act and become sober, having turned a new page. Listening to his music is still hard today, though I still do it each and every day. His first and last posthumous album, Circles, meant as a companion album to Swimming was released in January 2020 to widespread praise, with Mac having finished the majority of the album prior to his passing, and Jon Brion completing the bits that were left. A third annual celebration of his life was held at Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park, the namesake for his debut album, with thousands of fans from across the country attending for a day of Mac. He’s missed beyond words.
For my song of the week, I’ve chosen “Invincible” by Aminé. The man has the voice of an angel on this track and every time I spin it I get chills. For whatever reason, it has been on repeat this week and is easily my favorite song off of the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse soundtrack.
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